Plenty to do on the ‘unofficial’ end of summer this weekend

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Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor

It's Labour Day weekend, the unofficial end of the summer and it will be a busy one in the area.

Cumberland County’s agricultural fair, the Cumberland County Exhibition is on until Saturday in Oxford. Events include 4H Day, Tug of War, Farmers Olympics, a Professional Woodsman Competition, the Wild Blueberry Celebrity Bake Off, displays and livestock shows and competitions, the Street Parade and the Midway and much more. There will also be great entertainment including Ivan Hicks and Friends, Dick’s Jamboree, and magician Al Bernard.

Admission is $5, with those under five admitted free. You can also buy a week pass for $15.

Summer will come to a close with the sound of music on Saturday as Parrsboro celebrates its 125th anniversary with a day of entertainment at the former Scott mill property.

Sounds will be provided by the Balystro Steel Drum Band, Unforeseen (featuring Shelby Murray), Jim Aylward, Nancy MacDougall and The Decades, Hooligans Ruff, and Grant Fullerton. Tonight Bella's Cafe will be featuring Michelle Leblanc on stage while Duncan's Pub is hosting John Keddy.

Labour Day weekend at the Age of Sail Museum is going to be busy.

On Saturday, there will be a hot and cold supper at the fire hall in Port Greville, with a blacksmith demonstration at the Age of Sail Museum.

Sunday there will be an ecumenical outdoor church service at Collins Field, followed by a pancake breakfast for $4 as well as an antique engine show at the Age of Sail Museum, with admission.

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The Highland AME Church will be holding a Family and Friends Day on Sunday afternoon at 236 Church St. There will be a barbecue, face painting, games and live entertainment from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

In the evening from 5 until 7 p.m., there will be a gospel concert featuring John 3:16, the A.M.E. Choir, Pick of the Crop, Peter Trenholm and more.

If you have some time over the weekend heading up to Sackville to see Oh, Canada at the Owens Art Gallery would be a great use of a few hours.

Oh, Canada, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) landmark exhibition of ‘Art from North, North America,’ includes more than 100 works from over 60 Canadian artists.

Acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “a revelation,” Oh, Canada surveys the diverse range of contemporary visual art being made in Canada.

Denise Markonish travelled to nearly every province and territory to research and make selections for the exhibition. This tactic, covering over 400 individual studio visits, was hailed by The New York Times as “fanatical dedication.”

It is on display at the Owens until Sept. 21 and participating artists at the Owens Art Gallery are: Gisele Amantea, Nicolas Baier, Bill Burns, The Cedar Tavern Singers, Janice Wright Cheney, Michel de Broin, Mario Doucette, Michael Fernandes, Hadley + Maxwell, David R. Harper, Wanda Koop, Diane Landry, Micah Lexier, Luanne Martineau, Chris Millar, Kim Morgan, Clint Neufeld, Annie Pootoogook, Ned Pratt and John Will.


Andrew MacGregor’s arts and culture column appears weekly in the Amherst News.

Organizations: Sail Museum, Cumberland County Exhibition, Highland AME Church Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art The Boston Globe New York Times Mario Doucette, Michael Fernandes, Hadley + Maxwell Amherst News

Geographic location: Canada, Cumberland County, Oxford Parrsboro Port Greville Sackville North America

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